Over a dozen motorists were reportedly ticketed on Friday after allegedly driving through a blocked road on Squankum Road, but according to what some of those ticketed are telling TLS, the tickets could have been unfairly issued.
When officials initially asked that TLS post a notice about the detour, we were under the impression that drivers were actually disregarding the marked barriers and cones and deliberately driving around them.
However, according to the accounts of several motorists, it wasn’t so.
One motorist tells TLS he was driving along the flow of traffic up Squankum Road, when before he knew it he, along with about a dozen other motorists, found himself being stopped by a Howell Police Officer. The problem? a driver earlier may have moved the barrier – which was never put back into place, and these motorists were just following the now-open road.
About 20 vehicles in all were stopped together, and most of them were issued summonses, according to the accounts given to TLS. After those vehicles were stopped, the police reportedly closed the road again.
The following is a letter submitted to TLS by Jim Franklin, one of those issued summonses at the time:
“I also received a ticket. The officer was angry and rude when he approached my vehicle. I was one of the last vehicles to be stopped. When I opened my door to step out to take photos I was told by the officer to get back in my vehicle or I would be arrested. Mind you the roadway was blocked and I sat in my vehicle of over a half hour. I went to the police department and spoke with the officer in charge. I was told the officer was probably acting this way because he had been working too many hours. I was also told that he was angry because people had been moving this barricade. When I questioned why I would be ticketed for driving into a dangerous area because someone else removed a barricade, the officer in charge said everyone who was stopped was being ticketed, and that the officers were still in the process of writing the tickets. The way these officers acted was inexcusable. I will be fighting this ticket.”
TLS will monitor this incident and how it plays itself out.